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Essential Guide: 35 Denton

Denton's music fest runs March 8-11

By Greg Janda
|  Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:47 AM CDT
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35 Denton is expected to draw thousands of music lovers and will take place, rain or shine.

Sara Story, Denton Reporter

35 Denton is expected to draw thousands of music lovers and will take place, rain or shine.

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Sights and Sounds: 35 Conferette Day One

NBCDFW's Sara Story talks to Denton resident and festival fan Justin Wilson about the first night of the 35 Conferette.

35 Conferette Off to a Rocking Start

The 35 Conferette is underway in Denton, and the North Texas festival is expected to draw thousands of music fans throughout the weekend.
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Denton's music festival, now called 35 Denton, returns to downtown from March 8-11 -- but how will you navigate all the fun? We're here with some helpful tips.

CHAIN REACTION: Unfortunately, The Jesus and Mary Chain reunion show has been rescheduled for a free show Wednesday. The band was originally scheduled to play Sunday night at 35 Denton, but is unable to leave London until Monday because of work visa issues. Festival attendees with wristbands will have access to a secured VIP area at the front of the stage and will receive priority entry to Wednesday's show. The band's Sunday night slot at 35 Denton will be filled with another performer, the festival said.

WRISTBAND WARRIORS: If you're planning on going out to the fest for more than one day, the four-day wristband is already a better deal (Saturday and Sunday, for instance, would be around $85 instead of the four-day's $65 price.). Wristbands are also necessary to be in the audience for the two outdoor Main Stages -- including shows by Built to Spill and more. If you're just interested in a few bands (see the official schedule here), you can just walk up to the venue and buy admission...but after hopping between a few venues, the wristband may still be the cheaper, easier option.

GET MORE LOCAL: Still, there's more than enough tremendous talent from our own backyard playing at the festival. Local bands The Hope Trust, RTB2, Telegraph Canyon, Shiny Around the Edges, The O's...we really could go on...will all be playing. Heading to one of these shows won't just support local music, it might turn you on to your next favorite band-next-door.

WALKING SHOES: Everything at the Conferette (Yes, even Rubber Gloves, you whiners) is within walking distance of the historic Denton Square. That means you can wander from venue to venue, enjoying the sights and sounds of the event without the need of gas-guzzling, wallet-draining motor vehicles. In other words, you should pack your walking shoes. Here's a map if you don't believe us.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: Okay, so you may have heard about North By 35, or NX35, or the 35 Conferette -- but now it's called 35 Denton. For the first two times out, the festival was called North By 35 (or NX35, for short) then they changed their name to the 35 Conferette for 2011. Whatever you call it -- it's a good time. Take a quick look through our coverage of the previous years for a little glimpse into what you might see.

PLUG IN AND TUNE UP: Festivals are pretty notorious for being off schedule, but with your handy smartphone and a few choice Twitter usernames, you should be good to get the latest info. Start by following @35Denton, the official Twitter of the festival, for the latest updates. Then follow us @NBCDFWScene because we love you. 

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